2/25/2023 0 Comments
Path of the Shaman
EXCERPTS FROM "AWAKENING TO THE SPIRIT WORLD: THE SHAMANIC PATH OF DIRECT REVELATION" BY SANDRA INGERMAN AND HANK WESSELMAN, ART BY S.A.D.
What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is the first spiritual practice of human kind and dates back tens of thousands of years. If we take a look at the Indigenous cultures where Shamanism is practiced, there are different roles shamans serve in their communities and different behaviors those shamans exhibit. The Navajo, the Inuit, the Huichol in Mexico, and the Shipibo of the Peruivian Amazon are all classic examples of Shamanic cultures. There may be varieties of shamans within the tribe or nation of people as well as medicine men and women who doctor the people, perform ceremonies, and preside over rites of passage. But while every medicine person is not a shaman, every shaman is a medicine person. The shaman is empowered to wander into the world of things hidden to and work with trans-personal forces (spirits) in the spirit world to accomplish various things on the behalf of others. All shamans work with spiritual allies to achieve specific goals, but the intentions behind the work are key in determining the type of shaman.
"Shamanic training often follows the path known to the Greeks of old' as "The Journey of the Wounded Healer" during which the shaman developed his or her powers and abilities as they self healed. I believe it is essential to heal yourself before you start ministering to others. But the shaman is different from the mystic, who can also go through a process of healing and discovery of the invisible world of energy and spirits. The shaman is dedicated to service to his or her community. Whereas the mystic is dedicated to dwelling on their experience of the divine."
the Five Classes
"A third class of shaman is primarily interested in reputation and being the most important individual in the clan, tribe, or nation. They like power and are willing to use it competitively to dominate and control. They take an instant dislike to anyone who takes the attention away from them. And will seek to ruin or run off another shaman who competes with them. They often have big egos and like the rewards of their work; including sex, money, or power. These "success oriented" shamans like to keep their knowledge secret and avoid teaching others, so they can be seen as the only ones who know. The second class of shaman doesn't necessarily have ambition, but is focused on following rules and will not innovate. The third class of shaman can be innovative, but will do anything to boost their reputation."
"There is a fourth class of shaman who is dedicated to service and works hard for the benefit of his or her people. They can be called upon at any time to help those in need even if there is no pay or remuneration involved. These shamans are generous, kind, caring people with considerable skill in their profession. They make good teachers and will go out of their way to educate and teach those who are interested in learning from them. We call these shamans "relationship oriented" because they care about others more tha they do about building a reputation or holding power."
the shadow side
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